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Annual Trout Fest Series Splashes Into 2014

Media Contact:
Jana Leiran, CDFW Hatchery Interpretive Services, (916) 539-6644

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) invites all to Trout Fest, Central California’s annual celebration of one of the state’s most popular fish. Regardless if you are a beginner, novice or experienced angler, this activity-filled event has something for everyone.

“We encourage the public to join us for a fun day of recreation and discovery at Trout Fest,” said Cheryl Moxley, CDFW Fish and Wildlife Interpreter. “Hatcheries are a terrific family destination for learning about California’s aquatic wildlife. Trout Fest offers a variety of activities that encourages hands-on experience.”

Trout Fest kicked-off Sat., April 12 at Moccasin Creek Hatchery in Tuolumne County with tremendous success. If you missed it, try either of these upcoming locations:

• Sat., May 3 – San Joaquin Hatchery in Friant (Fresno County)
• Sat., June 28 – Hot Creek Hatchery in Mammoth Lakes (Mono County)

Some of the many fun things to do at Trout Fest:

1. Touch a fish – Trout skin is slimy, colorful and cool. You can learn all about these things at the Trout Touch Pool!
2. Taste a fish – Fish are Delicious! There are so many ways to cook a trout; here’s your chance to try a few tasty recipes at our Trout Tasting Booth.
3. Feed a Fish – Watch trout jump for joy when you toss them a handful of their favorite food. Learn what trout eat in the hatchery and in the wild at the Aquatic Insect Activity.
4. Catch a Fish – Try your new skills to catch your very own “whopper” at our Small Fry Fishing Activity. For ages 15 years and younger only.
5. Be a Fish – Travel through the River Maze with all the young “fry” avoid the predators and find prey that trout encounter in nature.
6. Clean a Fish – Trout are easy to clean. Learn how at our Trout Cleaning station!
7. Paint a Fish – Make some fishy art at the Fish Print booth.
8. Join a School of Fish – Learn angling ethics, techniques and helpful fishing tips from expert anglers at our Knot Tying, Rigging, Casting and Fly Tying activities.

Fishing, science, art and cooking are only some of the fun and interesting activities Trout Fest offers. Local fly fishing groups will provide individual fly casting lessons, demonstrate the art of fly-tying and talk about catch and release techniques. CDFW wildlife officers will also be on hand to answer your wildlife-related questions.

Hours for all events are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Parking, admission and activities are FREE. All gear and tackle is provided (fishing is for kids 15 years and under only).

Additional information can be found at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/fish/Hatcheries/.

CDFW Hot Creek Hatchery to Host First Trout Fest

The Hot Creek Hatchery in Inyo County will host its first family-friendly Trout Fest on Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Trout Fest is a free fishing celebration that introduces people to the sport of trout fishing and gives the public a close up view of the millions of trout on site and hatchery operations.

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CDFW staff and volunteers teach attendees the basics of trout fishing from knot-tying to catching, cleaning and cooking trout.  Fly-fishing groups will demonstrate the art of fly-tying, casting and catch-and-release techniques.

Children can feed the fish in the raceways and try their hands (literally) at catching a trout in the either the raceway or the onsite ponds. Art activities will run continuously, including gyotaku, the traditional Japanese art of fish printing, wildlife stamp tattoos and face painting.

The trout tasting booth features grilling demonstrations, free recipes and samples of foil-wrapped barbecued trout.  CDFW will also feature its 1928 Dodge Hatchery Planting Truck, and wildlife officers will be on hand to answer questions and demonstrate how their K9 units operate. Visitors  will be able to see various life stages of trout up close in the living stream display.

Admission to the Trout Fest and all related activities are free. All tackle is provided. No outside tackle or rods are allowed. Children 15 and under can fish with a one-fish limit.

The Hot Creek Hatchery is located about 37 miles north of Bishop, or 3.5 miles south of the junction of U.S. Highway 395 and State Route 203, near the Mammoth-Yosemite Airport, follow the signs for parking.

Media Contacts:
Jana Lerian, CDFW Region 4, (559) 539-6644
Andrew Hughan, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8944


CDFW Trout Fest Series Kicks Off in Central Valley

Media Contact:
Jana Leiran, CDFW Hatchery Interpretive Services, (916) 539-6644

Catch ’em, Clean ’em, Cook ’em and Eat ’em at Annual Fish Festival

As the trout season opener approaches, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) invites all to Trout Fest. KernRivRbwTrt

Trout Fest is a free community event that introduces families to the low-cost outdoor sport of trout fishing, as well as offering a view of California’s unique hatchery system and the role of native trout in California’s rich natural history.

“Beginner, novice and experienced anglers alike will find that this activity-filled day features something for everyone,” said CDFW Education and Outreach Director Kirsten Macintyre. “If you are looking to build your fishing skill set or find an enjoyable activity for the whole family, Trout Fest is a great place to start.”

In 2013, Trout Fest will be held at the following locations:

• Saturday, April 13 – Moccasin Creek Hatchery in Moccasin (Tuolumne County)
• Saturday, April 27 – Kern River Hatchery in Kernville (Kern County)
• Saturday, May 11 – San Joaquin Hatchery in Friant (Fresno County)
• Saturday, June 29 – Hot Creek Hatchery in Mammoth Lakes (Mono County)

Hours for all four events are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with parking, admission and activities at no cost to the public.

CDFW staff and volunteers from local fishing groups will be on hand to teach attendees the basics of trout fishing, including how to rig a fishing pole, handle fish and clean and cook a fish. Pan-frying and grilling demonstrations will feature free recipes and samples. Fly-fishing groups will demonstrate the art of fly-tying, casting and catch and release techniques.

Additional information can be found at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/Events/Trout_Fest/.